Joe Mancuso, Erika Johnson & Tracer
St. Louis Jazz Vocalist Joe Mancuso teams up with TRACER and Erika Johnson for a One Night ONLY Jazz Extravaganza at The Focal Point! Joe Mancuso is always mixing it up with St. Louis Musical Legends, and this concert is no different!
Straight Ahead Jazz, Fusion and Funky Jazzed-Up Blues await you on this historical union of St. Louis Jazz Greats!
Since the late 1970s and early 80s, Tracer has been considered by many as THE Premier Jazz-Fusion band of St. Louis; combining electric instruments with elements of rock, funk and rhythm and blues. Tracer is: Ptah Williams on piano and keyboards, Darrell Mixon on bass and Gary Sykes on drums.
About Ptah Williams-
Jazz pianist Ptah Williams has performed internationally with Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, James Moody and many other household names of jazz.
His style is unpredictable, his virtuosity is mind-blowing and following the twists and turns of his solo runs can be as exciting as a roller coaster ride.
Ptah Williams is one of St. Louis finest jazz pianists. He makes the piano breathe and dance. One of his great strengths is that he is able to shine both as a soloist and as an accompanist. As a soloist, he assumes center-stage with grace and confidence; as an accompanist he supports the soloist with a style that is varied and innovative, yet never overpowering.
About Darrell Mixon-
Darrell Mixon is St. Louis Jazz Royalty. Following in his fathers footsteps, the late great bassist John Mixon, Darrell has carved out a chunk of Jazz history of his own. Darrel always plays with such energy, passion and zeal! He has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Oliver Lake, Eddie Henderson, Gil Scott-Heron, Cecil Taylor and many others. St. Louis is so fortunate to have this fine musician on the scene.
About Gary Sykes-
Gary Sykes is a most versatile multi-genre drummer that explores the kit in new ways every time he plays. He has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Oliver Sain, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, John Hicks, Lester Bowie, Fontella Bass and the Nuclear Percussion Ensemble to name a few. A true Gem and Living Legend!
About Erika Johnson-
Erika Johnson is one of St. Louis premier Jazz singers. She got her start in the famed East St. Louis Lincoln High Jazz Band under the direction of Ron Carter. She has sung all over the United States and internationally alongside many world class musicians such as Russell Gunn, Hamiet Bluiett, Montez Coleman, Robert Glaspar and many others. She also spent many years performing with the late, great Willie Akins at the iconic Spruills jazz club in St. Louis. Erika has an infectious personality, she keeps the audience engaged with her un-matched energy and she can scat like no other!
About Joe Mancuso-
Joe is the new kid on the Jazz block compared to the legends mentioned above. In recent years his popularity has skyrocketed and he has won multiple awards for both his voice and his recordings. Joe studied jazz at Webster University under the tutelage of Paul DeMarinis, Steve Schenkel, Carolbeth True, Kim Portnoy and Dan Rubright. You can catch Joe performing all over St. Louis, and at upcoming shows in Las Vegas, Sedona Arizona and other U.S. cities.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT
Outdoor Concert Series:
We do not believe it is safe at this time to present concerts indoors in our friendly confines but now that the summer heat is diminishing, we have planned a wonderful series of small, outdoor concerts. We are taking special precautions to inhibit the spread of Covid-19 in accordance with the procedures recommended by the St. Louis County Department of Public Health. Heres how things will work:
-The concerts will be held on the parking lot at the rear of Focal Point. Access will be via the alley off of Marietta Ave., across from the Side Project Cellar.
-Tickets will be available ONLY in advance via Brown Paper Tickets (links to which are included below with the concert descriptions). No tickets will be sold at the door. Because the county limits gatherings to 50, only 40 tickets can be sold. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the musicians.
-Bring your own chairs, like you would for a concert in the park.
-Individuals and groups will set up their chairs at the direction of our volunteer ushers, who will assure that proper distancing is maintained. If you come with others and want to be seated as a group, you MUST purchase tickets under one name. Members of a group may set up their chairs in close proximity to others in the group, but the ushers will assure that a distance of 6 ft is maintained between your group and other groups or individuals.
-Masks must be worn when not seated.
-The Maya Café will not be open. Please feel free to bring your own beverages and snacks.
-Concerts will last approximately 90 minutes. There will be no intermission.
-There will be only limited restroom availability (so plan ahead ). One unisex, handicap accessible restroom inside our building will be accessible via the rear door opening onto the deck behind the building. Only one person may enter the building at a time.
-Tickets Will be sold until 3 hours before the show.
-Concerts will take place unless there is serious weather, so please dress accordingly and be prepared for weather. IE- you may want to bring an umbrella if there is light rain in the forecast.
-If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Focal Point at 314-328-4810.
Additionally, If you answer yes to any of the following, we ask that you stay at home:
1) In the last 2 weeks, have you cared for or had close contact with
someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
2) Do you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing in a way
that is not normal for you?
3) Do you have a new or unexplained cough?
4) Have you felt feverish in the past 24 hours, had chills, repeated
shaking with chills, or had a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above?
5) In the last 2 weeks, have you had any of the symptoms below:
-New unexplained muscle pain
-New or unusual headache
-New sore throat
-New loss of taste or smell
-New gastrointestinal issues: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea?
Different from the usual Focal Point Experience? Well yes, but youll still hear some great music!
Focal Point Traditional Arts Center (View)
2720 Sutton Blvd
St Louis, MO 63143
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|